Rebecca Fox

Last of the region's rooks proving hard to eradicate

Last of the region's rooks proving hard to eradicate

Rook numbers have dropped from 5000 to about 130 in Otago but those remaining are becoming increasingly difficult to target.

Overbridge to provide 'missing link'

Overbridge to provide 'missing link'

A pedestrian and cycle bridge described as the "missing link" between Dunedin's Queens Gardens and the harbourside has been proposed by the Dunedin City Council.

City only centre not wetter than usual

It will not come as any surprise to Dunedin residents that the city was the coolest of New Zealand's six main centres in January.

Consents process time and cost still contentious

While the Otago Regional Council has yet to give a discount for late resource consent processing, the issue still has applicants dissatisfied.

Chinese Garden impresses Peking student

Chinese Garden impresses Peking student

A group of students visiting Otago from the University of Peking in Beijing, China, is full of praise for the region and the activities it provides but has one complaint - the bus service.

Waipori pump station to get $1.1m upgrade

The pump station on the Waipori River, which keeps more than 7000ha of the Taieri Plain dry, is to get a $1.1 million refurbishment, including new pumps.

New means to effect rabbit-control plans

New means to effect rabbit-control plans

A new enforcement tool is being developed to ensure landowners not complying with new rabbit-control regulations are compelled to do so.

Wetland aerial spraying starts

The anxious wait for suitable weather conditions to allow aerial spraying to begin over the Waihola-Waipori wetlands ended yesterday, one the eve of World Wetlands Day.

ORC backs water plan

The Otago Regional Council is backing its approach to water management in Otago, saying it is "simpler and more cost-effective" than Government-backed recommendations for fresh water management.

Doc pleased vulnerable penguin reported

Doc pleased vulnerable penguin reported

A Fiordland crested penguin starting its moult has been rescued from a beach at Ocean View, south of Dunedin - where it was at risk from dog attacks - and released at Sandfly Bay, on Otago Peninsula.